Psychology for Lawyers
talks about her work and her life as a lawyer
Mia, the lawyer portrayed In Treatment
(HBO), in a meeting at her law office with her former therapist engages
in a conversation with the psychotherapist, Dr. Paul Weston, that serves
as the predicate for our look at still another lawyer, Michelle Michaud,
and videos in which she talks about her work and her life as a lawyer.
In Mia's meeting with Dr. Weston, Dr. Weston comments on Mia's readily
apparent success, telling her, "look at you, where you are now."
Mia responds: "I'm a success because I work in a tall building
. . . . Yea, I made it through law school all the way to the top floor
and the beautiful views, and the windows that don't open, and the windows
that don't open and the f--king jackhammers that never stop. And you
know what I do when I win a case, one of those hopeless ones only I
would take, I go out and get drunk with my gay secretary and then I
stumble home to my one bedrom condo and I pray I can fall asleep."
Dr. Weston: [nods] "[In making sure that you were assigned my case]
Were you trying to show me how well you have done and how sad you are?"
In Treatment (Season 2, Dk. 1, Episode 1) (20:30 mins. to 21:58
mins. of the DVD)
"The Cornucopia of Julia K.," in Lowell B. Komie, The
Legal Fiction of Lowell B. Komie (Chicago: Swordfish/Chicago,
2005) [25 Legal Stud. F. 71 (2001)] [online
Brenda Berger, Prisoners of Liberation: A Psychoanalytic Perspective
on Disenchantment and Burnout Among Career Women Lawyers, 56 (5) J.
Clinical Psychology/In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice 665 (2000)
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